Most of the time, when students report that their words are too easy or too hard, or when they struggle on assessments, recalibrating their account is actually not the most helpful course of action. However, there are some instances in which recalibrating is the logical choice. This article will provide you with some things to consider when requesting to recalibrate a student.

Students cannot recalibrate without their teacher contacting Membean at support@membean.com.

When Recalibration is a Good Choice

There are only a few cases where having a student recalibrate is the appropriate action. It is a good choice under the following circumstances:

  1. The student did not treat the calibration process seriously. Most commonly, students who do this mark that they know all words to get to a high level. They may believe that doing so will get them out of work, or they may believe that they already know everything. Because they also mark that they know pseudo-English words, they are placed on level 1. Likewise, a student may mark that they don't know anything, hoping for an easier experience. A quick glance at the student's calibration responses will tell you if they fall into this category.
  2. The student is on the wrong word list. Sometimes ESL students or students with learning disabilities are accidentally placed on word lists too advanced for them. This could also happen with gifted middle school students who should calibrate across our high school word list. In these cases, moving the student up or down may be necessary.
  3. The student hasn't used Membean in a very long time. If a student has a large gap in their training, it may be necessary to have them recalibrate. For example, if a student last used Membean in 8th grade and will now be using it again as a 10th grader, it would be a good idea to recalibrate. 

Reach out to support@membean.com if you have a student who meets one of these descriptions, and we will help make sure the student is on the appropriate list and level.

When Recalibration is an Illogical Choice

In most cases, recalibration is not the appropriate action to take. It is an illogical choice under the following circumstances:

  1. The student has been training for a while. Recalibration terminates an account, destroying all assessment data, training, and information our engine has collected on the student to help further personalize their learning experience. Membean functions best when this data is kept intact for the entirety of a student's time with the program. There is no getting this data back. You'll need to confirm that you're okay with losing everything before support allows a student to recalibrate.
  2. You want all your students on the same level at the start of the school year. Membean is meant to be a personalized, differentiated learning program. Forcing students to all be on the same level can be discouraging and inhibit learning. One of Membean's greatest strengths is meeting students where they are and challenging them appropriately. Having everyone start at the same level eliminates this aspect of our personalization. 
  3. You want to slow down or speed up student learning. Learn about adjusting student preferences and best practices. These paths will likely fix any student issue.
  4. A parent wants their child at a particular level. The student is placed at the appropriate level when they calibrate. Regular training will help the student learn and retain new vocabulary. Manually leveling up a student destroys all account data and is detrimental to the learning experience.
  5. The student is unhappy with their level placement. Grade levels and vocabulary knowledge are weakly correlated. Levels absolutely do not reflect student intelligence. Calibration is merely an indication of where to start a student so they are appropriately challenged. If they feel they need more of a challenge, encourage them to utilize the IKT Button for words they know. If they feel Membean is too challenging, have them spend more time reviewing the word pages. Here are some additional ideas for when a student thinks Membean is too easy or too hard.

If you are unsure whether or not a student should be recalibrated, reach out to support@membean.com and let us know the situation. We're happy to help you figure out what is best for your students.